It’s already July and I do not have any books ready to review for you from June. I have had a crazy month. My kids finished school, My son had basketball almost every weekend, I had to prepare for our annual Fourth of July party and to top it off I got a horrible case of poison ivy. Of course I wanted the yard to look nice for the party and The entire family worked outside for weeks. Well I had a severe reaction and have had the rash for over 20 days now. I’ve been on a steroid pack, a steroid spray and 2 cortisone shots. I think it just has to run its course.
The Fourth of July party went really well. It was our 6th annual party and everyone had a blast. It was our biggest party yet. The food menu was amazing and I had so many party rentals that our guests had an amazing time. My husband out did himself on the fireworks this year.
I thought I would do a summer reading challenge because that is the season I can actually devote more time to reading. If you feel the same way, take these ideas and try some new books that you wouldn’t normally try.
Summer Reading Challenge
- Read a trilogy
- Read a book that has been made into a movie
- Read the newest book from your favorite author
- Check out a new author you haven’t read before
- Read a non fiction book about a topic that interest you
- Read a self help book
- Read a book from a different genre than you normally read
- Reread one of your favorite books
- Read a classic
- Read a book recommended by a friend
- Start a book club
- Read a biography about someone you admire
- Read a book you started but never finished
- Read a book on the bestseller’s list
- Read a book you purchased but never read
I know there are books on this list that I can start reading tonight. I have some in mind that would work perfectly for some of these categories. It doesn’t take much time and effort, but it’s so much fun to play a little game while you read. Let me know what books you choose for what categories. I would love to hear what you’re currently reading.
If you don’t know my background, I’m a former reading specialist. Books are my thangggg. Have you seen the library make over that was a much needed project in my home? I have a problem where I go and buy the latest books. Especially the new YA books that are going to become movies. Unfortunately, I have so many books that are in the stack that still need love and attention. I just got back from our spring break in St. Thomas and was able to read 3 books while I was gone. Also, I’m probably the only person who doesn’t have a kindle yet. I’m just not into them. I like to hold a “real” book and turn the pages. The satisfaction of finishing a book and starting a new one just seems cooler with a book that you can hold in your hand. However, then I have the problem of the space issue on my shelves. I guess I will continue on in my non tech ways until it doesn’t work for me anymore.
The first book I read was WINNERS by Danielle Steel. When I go on vacation I like to read beachy reads that I can get through easily and quickly without much thinking. This book was very predictable but a decent story line. The beginning starts right out with the conflict. Lilly is a high school student training for the olympics when some of her ski team get into an accident. Her doctor, Jesse, plays a big part in her life and has some tragedy early on in the book as well. The book goes on to show how they work through these hardships. If you are looking for characters that work hard and can give you a nudge to do the same then you will like this book. Of course you know a romance is going to be brewing if it is a Danielle Steel book. But this was a decent beach read.
I love the way BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty was written. There are a lot of characters and I have a hard time at the beginning of books learning all the characters and how they belong in the story. But once I get into the book and how all the characters fit then I can really get into the plot. This book is about a group of snobby kindergarten parents and their kids and how they interact with each other throughout their first year of school. The new parent and her son are targeted from the very beginning in a bullying situation. The book just snowballs from there. At the end of the story there is a murder and the whole book leads up to this climax in the book. At the end of each chapter they have characters talking about different things like the murder and events that happen in the school further along in the book. I love this part because it really keeps you reading to see what happens. It gives you tidbits of what is to come and pushes you to keep turning the pages. I finished this book rather quickly. Being on vacation gave me lots of reading time that I normally don’t have.
I have finally read #GIRLBOSS written by Sophia Amoruso founder of Nasty Gal. I loved it. The story is actually very fascinating. I think everyone likes it so much because it is genuine, and written so personally. Those qualities make it very easy to read. I really liked reading the beginning about her teenage years and how she got her start selling vintage clothes on eBay. I think everyone thinks you have to have a 5.0, go to an ivy league school, or have a trust fund to make it. She worked really hard and created her dream job. There would have been no major in college designed for what she wanted to do. Sometimes you have to create your own path and take a chance. That’s what I liked about the book. Not everyone has to take the same path to success and she expresses that point very well in this book.
The next book I will be reading is by my favorite author, Lisa Scottoline. It is called MOST WANTED and comes out Tuesday, April, 12th 2016. I read all of her books immediately when they come out. If you haven’t read her books you need to go out immediately and reserve them at your library. Several of my favorites are; Save Me, Every Fifteen Minutes, Keep Quiet, Look again, Don’t Go, and Come Home. She writes on topics that are a little controversial and there is usually a thriller thrown in as well. Leave me some comments below on books you are currently reading. I am always looking for new books to read and of course feed my book buying obsession.
This week I want to talk about some of the books I completed while on vacation. I always have a couple books on my bedside table. If you’re looking for a good read you may want to check out one of these.
The Rumor by Elin Hillderbrand- This book is definitely an easy beach read. The story takes place during a summer on Nantucket and is based around two best friends and their families. Madeline and Grace’s friendship will be tested, a marriage will be shaken, and their children’s lives will also be affected by small town rumors. I really liked this book’s simplicity and storyline. It was the perfect book for me to take on vacation.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins- This is Paula’s debut thriller. This book will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to keep reading well into the night. It’s a book that you won’t want to put down. I haven’t had one of those kind of books in a really long time. The book is written through the eyes of the three main female characters and told through their voice. With this style of writing, you really have to pay attention, but the author really pulls you in from the start.
Rachel, an alcoholic who’s just lost her job is still struggling with her divorce and doesn’t have a lot going for her. She loves riding the trains and seeing the same people day in and day out. Recent events lead her to believe something she saw may be of interest to the police. Is she a reliable source or did what she see really happen? It’s a must read if you’re looking for a suspense filled book that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio- This book is actually for young adults, but it is a really good book for all ages. My son read it in fifth grade and he knew I would love it. The story is about a deformed middle school student who is going into public school after being homeschooled all his life. It really is interesting to read about his journey at a time when no one is real sure of where they fit in.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up By Marie Kondo- I always look at September as my January. It is a new School year with new teachers, new school supplies, and new schedules. It is a great time to re-evalutate your resolutions and what is working in your life. This is the time of year that I like to set new goals for myself. It always feels like a fresh start for me. I’m reading this book at the perfect time. I’m bringing out all my fall items and I’m really trying to widdle down the piles of stuff in the house. I want to be a good example for the kids as well. When they see me being neater and organized they tend to do the same.
In the book, the key to keeping your space tidy is to first go through the house and discard items. I totally believe that. If you’re just moving things from one place to another it really defeats your purpose. We as a whole just have too much stuff. If we simplify our lives and take out something for every time we bring in something new it really would make a difference.
I hope you can find a book that meets what you’re looking for. Hopefully one of these books will end up being your new read. If you’re reading something that you can recommend please leave a comment below.